There are plenty of airports serving the state of California, with hundreds of flights heading to and from the Golden State each and every day. If you're traveling in or out of Orange County, California, you may want to make use of John Wayne Airport.


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Named after the iconic movie legend himself, this airport is located in the city of Santa Ana and isn't quite as busy as some of the larger airports in places like Los Angeles, San Francisco, or San Diego. Around 10 million passengers make use of John Wayne Airport each year, and the airport is conveniently located in a good position for local attractions and points of interest, being nicely situated just 14 miles away from the Disneyland Resort, which is the main attraction of the Orange County area.

If you're traveling via John Wayne Airport, you'll find plenty of things to see and do inside the airport buildings, including some great shops and restaurants, but if you prefer to eat outside the confines of the terminals, you can find some very highly rated restaurants in the local area too. Read on to learn all about a few of the top restaurants near John Wayne Airport.

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2.Best John Wayne Airport Restaurants

Best John Wayne Airport Restaurants
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North Italia - 2957 Michelson Dr, Irvine, CA 92612, Phone: 949-629-7060

One of the top-rated restaurants in the whole Orange County area, North Italia is located in Irvine, just 5-10 minutes east of John Wayne Airport. Hugely popular, tables at this place are often booked up in advance, and once you've tried the dishes here, you'll understand why. There are a lot of Italian restaurants in Orange County, but North Italia really stands out for the fact that every single one of its dishes is made from scratch with fresh ingredients and innovative ideas, adding unique twists and spins to timeless Italian classics. The prices aren't bad either and you can dine here for $25 per person or less.

Benihana - 4250 Birch St, Newport Beach, CA 92660, Phone: 949-955-0822

Benihana has locations all over the globe, including one just a few minutes away from John Wayne Airport in Newport Beach. This place offers top tier Japanese cuisine, including all the classics you associate with the Land of the Rising Sun like sushi, tataki, maki, sashimi, miso soup, noodle bowls, teriyaki, and much more. The Hibachi steaks are particularly delicious here and there's a huge range of beverages, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, including some super cocktails and sake options.

Il Fornaio Irvine - 18051 Von Karman Ave, Irvine, CA 92612, Phone: 949-261-1444

If you're looking for fine dining just a few minutes away from the terminal entrance at John Wayne Airport, Il Fornaio Irvine is the place to be. A highly elegant location with top class service and an outstanding menu all year long, this place is perfect for farewell meals with friends or family before heading off on a big flight or perhaps even a romantic dinner for two before you and your partner head over to the airport for a well-earned getaway break. Pizzas, pastas, and a whole range of Italian specialities make up the menu here, with the Brasato al Vino Rosso (ribs with red wine) and Pollo Toscano (Tuscan-style chicken) standing out as a few of the finest dishes on the menu. Lighter bites are available at lunchtime and there are some good gluten-free dishes to choose from too.

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3.More John Wayne Airport Restaurants

More John Wayne Airport Restaurants
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Bistango - 19100 Von Karman Ave #100, Irvine, CA 92612, Phone: 949-752-5222

lively spot that offers great food, fantastic drinks, and wonderful live entertainment too, Bistango is one of the premier dining locations in Irvine, and it's only five minutes away from John Wayne Airport too. You'll find some amazing New American options on the menu at this place, with lots of classics like burgers and steaks livened up with Latin American and European ingredients and influences to create a truly amazing array of tastebud-teasing delights. Bistango excels in the alcohol department too, with a very extensive wine list and some great IPAs available from local breweries. The whole place is neatly laid out in a spacious, airy environment with amazing artwork on the walls and nightly live shows.

Daily Grill - 2636 Dupont Dr, Irvine, CA 92612, Phone: 949-474-2223

Another great place to eat in the city of Irvine, the Daily Grill is one of the most affordable dining spots in the John Wayne Airport area, so it's ideal for families or groups of friends to enjoy good quality food in a homely setting before heading off to catch their flights. The service at this place is really warm and friendly and the menu is filled with delicious American dishes, all made from scratch with fresh ingredients every time. It's an authentic, traditional sort of place without any snobbishness where all can feel welcome. The kid’s menu is great and there's a good selection of brunch offerings too, so you can get here early if you have a plane to catch in the morning and still enjoy some tasty dishes like omelettes, French toast, bacon, eggs, and steak.

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5 Best John Wayne Airport Restaurants